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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nicholas Alexander Chavez Delivers Emotional Turn as Spencer’s Party Goes South

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On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, the story at Wyndemere continued.  After Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) was revealed to be the masked “assailant” with a fake knife “stabbing” his son, Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez), confrontations arose.

At the epicenter was newcomer, Nicholas Alexander Chavez, who has stepped into the role of the entitled and troubled teen-aged Cassadine.  In the story, his father, Nikolas, wanted to make his son “pay” for scaring Ava (Maura West) and stalking her. However, now that someone set fire to Ava’s car everyone believes the stalker could not have been Spencer.

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Laura (Genie Francis) and Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) are also Wyndemere … and Laura is very upset at the way her son is dishing it out to her grandson.

When Nikolas explains the reasons for actions to Spencer, an emotional Spencer says, “You decided to evoke my mother (in reference to the late Courtney Matthews), to manipulate me, to tell me to be the man that she would want me to be. Just because you decided that I’m guilty.”

Next, Nikolas apologizes to his son for pushing him emotionally hard, and that prompts Spencer to tell his father to not call him his son, shouting “Do not call me that! And don’t claim to love me.”  At that point, Spencer exits with Trina (Sydney Mikayla) behind him, and Laura ready to tell Nikolas the error of his ways on how he is handling the trouble with his son.

It’s always nice to see when a young actor on daytime gets handed on the ball and delivers, and in the case of Chavez he did just that bringing up Spencer’s inner turmoil and pain.  Let’s remember he lost his mother, and his father pretended to be dead for three years in which he grieved.  Yes, Spencer is spoiled, but it will be intriguing to see just how the GH writers decide to mine the character moving forward with Chavez.

The scenes in the episode with Chavez along with Marcus Coloma, and Genie Francis reminded us all that Cassadine family drama can always tug at the heart.

So, what did you think of Nicholas’ performance? What did you think of what Nikolas Cassadine perpetrated on his son, Spencer? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.

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Dear God! How will Nicolas get out of this one? Oh, yeah, when they discover that that brunette nurse at GH that kept spying on Ava is in cahoots with Spencer. Could they be more obvious? And then what will that mean for Spencer when he is finally found out? Tons of therapy or permanently damaged?

I agree, though, that NAC gave a stunning performance as a betrayed Spencer!

He played his part well. But please bring Ava and Nicholas back together. They need some happiness in there lives.

Well the obvious question now is who torched Ava’s car. The new psycho nurse walking around the hospital is the obvious suspect, but who does she work for?

Did Spencer hire her, knowing he would have the party as an alibi? Or is there actually somebody stalking Ava, other than Spencer. And in typical GH fashion, would this person have any connection to whomever killed Hayden’s mama, or whomever is holding NuDrew prisoner?

And where do they find these psycho nurses so easily?? Do they all work for the same “Psycho Nurses R Us” employment agency?

Oh boy, Satan, now we have Esme, Spencer’s “girlfriend”, another repulsive schemer. Poor Trina, left in a painful and embarrassing moment again. She needs to cut Spencer loose NOW. The nuDrew story doesn’t interest me, except for that handsome jailer. And how do these “Psycho Nurses R Us” (well said!) perform these dastardly deeds? Can one gather the materials, go to the parking garage (probably ACRES wide), find Ava’s car, torch it, clean up, AND get coffee on a 15 minute break?

I don’t think Spencer had anything to with Ava’s car been set on fire because i don’t think he would intentionally endanger someone’s life because someone could have gotten hurt by Ava’s car been put on fire.Plus i don’ think Spencer has any reason now to continue stalking Ava because Ava is no longer with Nikolas.However i do think new psycho nurse is responsible for Ava’s car been put on fire but i’m betting she’s working with someone.For example she’s working with Ryan and i wonder if Spencer’s redemption shown the line will be that he saves Ava from Ryan.

WOW!! That’s a very shrewd assumption. It would also be so ironic—-the baddie becomes the savior. I would make the writers look like literary geniuses.
I also like your idea that Esme may be working with Ryan—-kudos!!

What if Esme was Ryan’s daughter? Wouldn’t be able to guess who her mother would be, but if she was with Ryan, she would probably be dead now.

She didn’t seem to have any reaction to meeting Kevin, nor did he seem to recognize her, and presumably he kept track of Ryan during all those years when everybody else in Port Charles assumed his crazy brother was dead, so he should know if Ryan fathered any children during that time.

Certainly would explain her obvious psycho tendencies though.

Makes sense—if Esme were Ryan’s daughter, every sinister act toward Ava would fall into place.
I wonder why this mentally distirted malady escaped Kevin?
Now, you got my mind working overtime—-What if Kevin is really Ryan with a hand implant. Where’d did he get the hand, you ask? Chopped it off Kevin. Ryan has a few minions in “storage”.
Ok, ok—I can hear you laughing at me …with scorn, I may add. LOL.
And, yes!! If Ryan were to have fathered Esme, the mother would have died by Ryan’s hand–HaHa–pardon the pun.

He was brilliant! What a fantastic recast as NUSpencer.
Nicholas Chavez is a great young talent.
Fab job to casting by Mark Teschner and team.
Spencer’s deeply wounded side came so out so organically by Nicholas Chavez and it proves that he is handling the role of Spencer with such ease. He’s a gem. He’s got this and it has been a joy to watch him from the start.

I totally agree with what you said. His got the looks too.

I agree that his performance here was very good. But I never had any objections to his talent. He just seems too old for the group he’s supposed to be peers with. Yes he can act, he’s cute, has great hair… but I don’t see any chemistry with wonderful Trina either. She deserves more. Spencer would be great pals with Nelle. Of course, they’d have to rewrite the book of unholy alliances.

Soaphound,
You said it best, and sure he’s a good actor but with most of us as with nuDrew, it’s not the same. Gosh, if I was married to the same man for twenty years or so, I sure am not going to want someone else turning up in my bed or where ever telling me he’s going to be my husband now in every way but looks (through, you never know, I might like the new one better, right ha.) I don’t know why some people can’t understand this.
Back to Spencer, his girlfriend’s a piece of work, but where did Kiki’s nametag come from?

I swear, Violet, if this Esme turns out to be a secret twin of Kiki, I’m gonna implode!

LOL—more like a twin of Nelle. I wish Kiki could be resurrected.
I don’t like Spencer—not yet, anyway. I agree; he looks much older than the rest of his supposed contemporaries—and, he needs to work that chest, shoulders and arms—so puny. He is cute and he can definitely act—-needs to grow on me.
Speaking of puny—what’s going on with gorgeous Michael Knight? He looks emaciated—-and, he was limping.
As far as Drew? —I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to stomach Mathison in the role. Never liked him—-ever–since AMC.
He and Sam ( they will obviously reunite) can bore the heck out of each other and us.

Oh, no, Soaphound! Nelle is is the epitome of psycho! She’s an evil, deranged, unredeemable character who let her first fiance drown, left Michael trapped in a burning car, and, slit Brook Lynne’s throat! Spencer is troubled; he’s not evil and he’s not a murderer.

Spencer, even as a kid, was lost and vulnerable. Always in emotional pain and searching for the mother figure he never had; always overprotective of his father and always lashed out to get attention. He’s taken it to a new level as a young adult, but I seriously hope they don’t evolve him into a Helena or Stavros psycho Cassadine.

So, for now, as a troubled person I’m loving him with Trina. She’s such a great character and can get through to him, perhaps like no one else has been able to. Spencer does have a heart yearning for love…and they do have things in common. I’d like to see the writers explore them together which will probably happen after Esme predictably stalks Trina…

Pity party for Spencer—WOW!! The demon has a “demonette” accomplice. What the hey are these writers thinking? Utter chaos!! A father who stabs his kid with a fake knife, doing all sorts of stupid ghoulish Halloween, childish pranks—-consequently, scaring the heebie jeebies out of him? “C’mon, man!!” Bedlam all around……

Im with you Celia. That knife was WAAAAYY over the top. Talk about trauma. And this Esme, well, let’s reserve a space for her at Shadybrook NOW and save time later.

Hi Celia 🙂
Under U.S. federal law, someone commits the Felony of stalking if that person: places another person in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury.
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breaking and entry and other crimes.
Spenser terrorized Ava to give her child to another.
Spenser should be jailed, tried, imprisoned.

Absolutely—-my parents are both attorneys (criminal). My mother gets a good laugh when she happens to “catch” an episode or two—it’s a soap, SusieQ, yet an example shoud be set, even in soaps.
Esme will probably get away with arson.

I wasn’t sure about nuSpencer when he first came on the scene, but he’s definitely grown on me. I think
as the actor has become more comfortable, his acting has gotten better and better. Fantastic scenes between him and Nikolas at his party. Thrilled to see Cameron Matthison joining GH. Quite the coup! He’s an excellent actor and will bring a lot to the show, for sure.

Spencer deserved what Nicholas did to him. He is a spoiled brat and should be taught responsibility.

Agreed. But, I think Spenser should accept responsibility rather than being taught it to him, Linda. He’s too old —-even spoiled brats don’t cross so many lines. He belongs in jail.—-
—As does his she-devil girlfriend. She should know not to play with fire. Again, pardon the play-on-words.

I am enjoying him at first i thought wrong choice but hes very good on point with his emotions

I think the story line between father and son was carried too far. Getting along with his father will help Spencer calm down and not be so mischievous. He also lies and holds back truths so why alienate his father.

Spencer should have enough empathy; compassion..to know not to scare Ava regarding the safety of her child. It would be cruel and irresponsible enough if she hadn’t already lost one daughter, but knowing that and making her fear for Avery’s life?

Spencer only learns by experience; not by fireside chats. Nicolas knows how to deal with his son; Laura and Kevin should have butt out. The only problem I had with Nicolas was him scaring Spencer in front of others; scaring Trina. That was irresponsible and made him look bad. Should have scared the lil punk when he was alone. LOL; and I DO love Spencer. But he needs to feel the fear he’s imposing to understand. Unfortunately Esme the cray cray showed up and cut those feelings short.

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Paevey released an exclusive statement to Heavy.com where he shared what is going on in his life. Back on June 19th, Ryan deactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts and he may have deactivated his Instagram account on Friday as well, or as of this writing.

For Ryan, the decision to change his current life’s trajectory came after a series of events; chief among them moving closer to home to take care of his ailing mother who is battling lung cancer and social media scammers.

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Here is what Ryan shared: “Hey everyone…so first and foremost, I am a bit apprehensive that I even have to make a statement like this. I am certainly accustomed to a certain degree of gossip, but the past few weeks in particular have gotten out of control with speculation from third parties that have taken my words and expanded upon them to meet their narrative, or flat out misrepresented my words or misconstrued their meaning. I have always been an open book, and one who speaks his mind truthfully and directly, and it is unfortunate that we live in a world where social media makes it very easy to twist one’s words; I am often unaware it is even happening until someone from my team messages me in a panic, and so I feel it best to make a formal statement through HEAVY.”

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The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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